7 Steps to Successful Stock Photography

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Creating stock photos may not be the photography you dreamed of doing your entire life, but it’s a great way to boost your personal revenue while you focus on the art you do enjoy. Whether you’re a wedding and family photographer, a studio photographer or a photojournalist, commercial photography is a great industry to get started in at any point in your career. It gives you the opportunity to take creative, crisp photos while earning some extra cash at the same time.

How to Break the Rules of Photography Successfully

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Most photographers have a rebellious streak. If not, we’d all be engineers or mathematicians like our parents always wanted. Instead we took to spending excessive amounts of time in complete darkness, inordinate amounts of money on  cameras, studio equipment and Photoshop, and decided we wanted to snap photos of (sometimes unwilling) people and make a living doing it. The irony of this, as most artists can probably argue, is that as soon as you set off on your artistically-inclined rebellion, you encounter a laundry list of rules: the rule of thirds, rules about leading lines, color, and symmetry. And while all artistic fields do demand a certain element of structure, some of these rules are better off left behind.
Here are five rules of photography which are just begging for your leather-donning teenage alter-ego to break—at least once in awhile.

What to Do When a Photo Shoot Goes Wrong

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So, the truth is that at some point, when doing location photography, something can and probably will go wrong at a photo shoot. While it’s not the intention here to dwell on the negative, awareness  and preparation can go a long way in handling any inevitable miscues and mishaps. Photo editing after the fact is a great cure to have in your back pocket for some issues, but other issues are best addressed with “an ounce of prevention.”

How to Avoid Unexpected Problems During a Photo Shoot

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Picture the perfect setup for a photography shoot — your equipment all ready to go, the weather conditions shaping up nicely and a great piece of scenery or an interesting subject to look forward to. Sadly, this perfect setup is quite rare in the world of photography, where something always seems to go wrong. As a photographer, you need to be prepared to handle whatever unexpected surprises are thrown your way. If you’re struggling to get past all the curve balls thrown your way during any given photo shoot, you may want to carefully examine your preparation process to see if you are unintentionally leaving out essential details.

5 Tips for Beginner Freelance Photographers

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If you have decided to take your passion for photography one step further, you may be wondering how to build a freelance business. There are several things to keep in mind as you get ready to “go professional”.

You never get another chance to make a first impression—establish yourself early as a professional. That means putting your best work out there for everyone to see. You can design a website with a gallery of your best photos. Publish only the highest quality photos with superior supporting scenery or highly effective photo backgrounds. A few other tips for catapulting yourself into the photo biz are listed below.

5 Tips for Starting Your Own Photography Studio

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Opening a photography studio, whether out of your home or in a separate space, is a great way to practice your hobby or start up a new business. You have the benefits of working with people, creating lasting memories, and practice what you love, all in a comfortable environment. There are many reasons for studio photography, including portrait sittings, product shots or just as a hobby.